Friday, October 29, 2010


1866 -  Antonio Luna y Novicio, future pharmacist, writer,  nationalistic Filipino revolutionary and general  strategist during the Filipino-American War (1899-1914), is born  in Binondo, Manila to Spanish mestiza Laureana Novicio and Joaquin Luna; Luna, who would be suggested by  patriot and polymath Jose Rizal to the emissary of  Andres Bonifacio, the leader of the 1896 Philippine  Revolution, to possibly direct the military aspects of the national uprising against Spain owing to the latter's knowledge of  military science and tactics, would suffer a similar  fate as Bonifacio, also to be killed upon orders of  Emilio Aguinaldo in the apparent bid to win/secure  Aguinaldo's position in the revolution/ First  Philippine Republic; in his will written on March 31, 1899, less than three months before his  assassination, as the fledgling Philippine Republic  under siege by invading imperialist Americans is  transferred to Tarlac, Luna writes that "I would die  gladly for my country and our independence,  without however seeking death."

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